The 86 million people living in Vietnam come from 54 distinct ethnic groups. The largest, the Viet, make up 86.4 percent of the population. The other 14 percent is distributed among 53 different ethnic groups, many of whom live in the mountainous regions of the north. These groups share certain similarities, but have distinct dialects, clothing, housing, rituals, village organization, family traditions, and daily way of life. The Ethnology Museum in Hanoi, where we spent a morning, is a stunning representation of these ethnic groups and their way of life.
Here are some of the faces of the ethnic people of Vietnam:
Fish traps on a bicycle